I joined the School of Politics and International Relations as an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics (Teaching Focus) in Septmeber 2018. Previously, I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of Nottingham.
My main research interests lie in the field of comparative politics, quantitative methods, and Indian politics.
I am very interested in looking at the role of institutions in shaping regional party systems in multi-level settings. Until now my research focus has been on the interaction between political elites and political institutions, and its influence on regional party systems. However, in the future, I am keen on looking at the role of voters in influencing political elites and political institutions, and examine their combined effects on the regional party systems in multi-level settings.
I am also currently involved in a project (with Diego Maiorano-National University of Singapore) on the impact of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (the world's largest workforce programme) on empowering people, particularly Dalit women and men.
My third strand of research (with Pranav Gupta and Rahul Verma, University of California, Berkeley) looks at the role of nationalism in the expansion of right-wing party support. Using individual level survey data, we show that effective use of nationalist rhetoric during a period of heightened tension with Pakistan led to broadening of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) social base.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Culture and Values in a Changing World
How voters decide
Q-step Quantitative Social Science 2
Politics of South Asia
Political parties and party systems around the Globe
Crisis and controversies in European Politics